Playlist: Pregame for CL's Margarita Wars with this one

Sixteen local bartenders share the songs that sum up their styles behind the bar.

click to enlarge CL's Margarita Wars makes its annual return Friday night. - Nick Cardello Photography
Nick Cardello Photography
CL's Margarita Wars makes its annual return Friday night.

For those in need of some tunes to get their Margarita Wars pregame on, here's a little something.

CL asked the 22 Tampa Bay bartenders participating in Friday night's annual tequila-soaked cocktail competition what song they'd use to describe their style behind the bar — kinda like what we did with last month's Meet the Chefs — and their responses made for a fun Spotify playlist. (There are only 16 tunes, but still.)

I'm not saying their selections, which you can peep below, should determine whose margarita you vote for, but I see you, Emily.


"Good For You" by Selena Gomez | Acropolis Greek Taverna's Andrea Simonelli

"Love On The Rocks" by Neil Diamond | Sea Salt's Paulie Favara

"Shakin'" by Eddie Money | Besito Mexican's Julia Sowa

"Mambo No. 5 (A Little Bit Of...)" by Lou Bega| District Tavern's Ryan Fitzgerald | District Tavern

"One Dance" by Drake | The Avenue Eat + Drink's Madison Colmorgen

"Danger Zone" by Kenny Loggins | The Bungalow's Tony Wilt

"Kokomo" by The Beach Boys | The Ox's David Carney

"Three Little Birds" by Bob Marley | Flanagan's Irish Pub's Jade Siebert

"Dancing With Myself" by Billy Idol | First Chance Last Chance's Jackie King

"Lean On" by Major Lazer | Iberian Rooster's Whitney Smith

"Fly Like An Eagle" by Steve Miller Band | Beach Bar & Restaurant Jenny Nieto

"How Bizarre" by OMC | Park & Rec's Terrance Walz

"Moves Like Jagger" by Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera | Cassis American Brasserie's Rachel Rinehart

"The Road Goes On Forever" by Robert Earl Keen | Suegra Tequila Cantina's Richard Thomsen

"Pour It Up" by Rihanna | World of Beer's Emily Barth

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" by George Thorogood | Bob Heilman's Beachcomber's Matthew Moscato

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